Asheville is an enjoyable place for every member of your family – including the four-legged ones. Dog-friendly restaurants, hikes and parks abound in and around town, promising that your furry pals can join in on all the non-stop fun Asheville has to offer. And with a growing number of restaurants and other establishments shifting to outdoor-centric service, there are more opportunities than ever for bringing your pup along; here are just a few.
Eating out in Asheville with your pup
Many restaurants around town allow well-behaved canine companions to come along for the ride. Your best bets are eateries with outdoor and patio seating. Another enjoyable option are the myriad dog-friendly breweries around town, many with open areas for you and your furry friend to mingle and make new ones. From Downtown to River Arts District, check out these pooch-perfect spots:
12 Bones Smokehouse – Plenty of outdoor seating this an ideal destination for you and your dog. www.12bones.com
Zia Taqueria – This West Asheville favorite has expanded its seating into a spacious outdoor spot, with lots of room for Rover. https://ziataco.com
Sunny Point Café – Daytime outdoor counter service coupled with a picnic area means you can enjoy this popular place with your pup. https://sunnypointcafe.com
All Souls Pizza – This River Arts District spot has plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables and an adjacent open field. http://www.allsoulspizza.com
Posana Café – Along with its eclectic menu, Posana serves dishes specifically designed for dogs, so you and your pooch can park for a meal on the patio, entertained by the buskers that frequently set up nearby. www.posanarestaurant.com
Laughing Seed Café – This vegetarian restaurant offers a laid-back vantage point from its Wall St. patio. www.laughingseed.com
Burial Beer Co. – This downtown brewery also has a full-service kitchen and lots of seating to accommodate you and your pet. https://burialbeer.com/location/avl/
Wicked Weed Brewing – A dog-friendly patio means you can enjoy this popular downtown brewery and restaurant with both four-legged and two-legged friends! https://www.wickedweedbrewing.com
Asheville Dispensary - This West Asheville cafe and dispensary is dog friendly inside their store/lounge and offers outside, covered seating and they sell pet products. https://avldispensary.com/collections/pet-products
Kennels, specialty shops and daycare
For those times when your dog needs day or overnight care, there are several options from which to choose:
Pet Vet on Patton – In addition to an array of veterinary services, this centrally located office offers boarding, grooming and doggie daycare. http://petvetonpatton.com
Happy Tails Country Club – Their Fairview and Enka facilities are crate-free: Boarders instead have “suites” with full walls. http://happytailscc.com
Patton Avenue Pet Company – Boasting an array of pet food and other items, this store (with multiple locations) offers food delivery, as well as self-dog-washing stations at its South Asheville location. www.pattonavenuepet.com
Pampered Pets Inn and Spa – Play care, a spa, training and boarding are all offered at this location. http://pamperedpetsinnandspa.com
Parks and hikes
Your dog has plenty of exercise options around the area. In addition to the many hiking trails in Asheville, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in national forests, there are city parks where (leashed) pooches can play, and fenced dog parks where they can run with abandon:
French Broad River Park and Dog Park
The meandering paths of this West Asheville gem wind along the French Broad River and lead to a large, fenced-in dog park (with an area set off for small dogs), complete with water and poop bags.
Azalea Dog Park
Just beyond the John B. Lewis Soccer complex in East Asheville is the Azalea Dog Park. With large fenced areas for small and big dogs, and plenty of seating and shady spots for their owners, this is a favorite place to mingle with fellow dog lovers.
A wag-worthy welcome center
The Dog City USA Asheville Welcome Center (1 Battle Square) is a one-stop-resource to help dog owners get the most out of their downtown Asheville visit. The first of its kind in the country, the welcome center features tours every Friday designed for dogs and their owners, featuring local shops with doggie goodies, breweries catering to pups, and even special canine dining for you and your dog to enjoy on the town. The center offers a doggy potty area, fresh cold water from doggie drinking fountains, free goody dog bags, dog-friendly public bathrooms, and even human refreshments. http://dogdoorcanineservices.com/Dog-City-USA
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